Refurbish or Leave Cabinet Alone

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  1. neikeel

    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    Sell it and buy a shiny new one with fresh speakers. if I were local I’d offer.
     
  2. playloud

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    Looks great to me!
     
  3. spacerocker

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    I would definitely leave it as is....Not sure how old it is, but it must have some historic value....I have a 1968 Basket weave cab with Greenbacks that I bought for £40 in 1984 that is probably now worth £800-£1,000...

    What I did is buy a used (but immaculate) 1960A cab for £230, and changed the speakers to 4 x V30, and this is the cab I gig with! My Vintage cab sits in my practice room and spends its time making my AV20 sound great!
     
  4. Derrick111

    Derrick111 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely leave it alone... you can always get a newer cab, but you can't always find a vintage cool looking cab like that. They don't make later 70s cabs anymore ;-) Why remove one from the universe by making it new again?
     
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  5. Classic Rocker

    Classic Rocker New Member

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    You have history with that cab and it shows. Good choice to leave it be!
     
  6. MP+

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    Hendrix's cabs looked way more beat up than that and they were only a few years old at the time. My JCM800 cab. from 1987 looks really good for its age, but I wouldn't mind more road wear on it. It's what's inside that counts. That timber doesn't exist any more, lots of arguing about modern day Celestion speakers vs. real deal vintage. Sound is king.
     
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  7. StingRay85

    StingRay85 Well-Known Member

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    If you bought it in 75, I'm sure you're also not looking like new anymore ;)

    Leave it as is, it looks nice and has a history
     
  8. Dblgun

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    "Leave it as is, it looks nice and has a history"

    This..:agreed:
     
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  9. racerxrated2

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    I have a 79 A cab with 65s; it has 2 good sized tears in the grill cloth. Also a 72 A cab all original with a ‘weak spot’ in the grill cloth like yours. I wouldn’t even consider re covering/new grill cloth to either. The patina/wear is great and a part of the history of the cabs. They sound killer and look the part.
     
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  10. Ramo

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    if you going to redo, use same colours and cloth!
     
  11. jmp45

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    Leave it be.. That's what I would do.
     
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  12. Dogs of Doom

    Dogs of Doom >>> Moderator <<< Staff Member

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    you can't, it's not possible...
     
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    yep, if you don't like it, sell it & buy one you like...
     
  14. Obi Plexi-nobi

    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    It looks AWESOME 'As-Is'. I would enjoy it EXACTLY as it is. Look at Joe Perry from Aerosmith's Touring Rig. It's WAY more 'battle-torn' than yours. And it looks COOL, just dripping with vintage MOJO..!! :dude: Joe.jpg
     
  15. charlie wisser

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    I was getting frustrated reading this post . So glad your leaving it alone , it looks really cool .
    I'll be facing the same problem soon because I bought a 1978 1960 100W A cab with 4 black backs . My plan was to redo it but I don't know yet. Turn out it's fawn but painted black . We'll see after I get it home . I am redoing my JMP head , no choice .
     
  16. Sapient

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    I think part of the problem is it looks dirty ...kinda smelly. I think I'd get a medium brush and clean the nicotine or whatever the filth is on the cloth. Maybe not perfect but at least shed the odorous look.

    :2c:
     
  17. Peter McAteer

    Peter McAteer Well-Known Member

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    Replacing grille cloth is an easy DIY project that won't break the bank.
     
  18. Scumback Speakers

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    He won't be able to get that type of grill cloth with that check pattern and color again.
     
  19. Peter McAteer

    Peter McAteer Well-Known Member

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    He can get something close enough that looks better. He probably won't be able to replicate that moth-eaten look with new grill cloth though.
     
  20. Scumback Speakers

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    Actually he can get large check cloth, but he won't be able to get small check cloth. And frankly, I don't think his cloth is that bad looking for it's age. After restoring 70 or more old cabs, I can tell you it's nowhere near as bad as some I've restored and way more than I've seen.
     
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